The history of the Vedanta school is well known since the time of sankara but its prehistory before sankara is quite obscure. However there is a period of a thousand years between the compilation of the major Uapanisads ot sankara without loss of the tradition of the upanisads there appeared many philosophers and dogmaticians although their thoughts are not clearly known.In a history of early vedanta Philosophy the author made clear the details of the pre sankara vedanta philosophy utilizing not only sanskrit materials but also Pali prakrit as well as Tibetan and Chinese sources. In this respect this epoch making work was awarded the imparial prize by the Japan Academy.
Prof. Hajime Nakamura Dlitt. university of Tokyo, Honorary Dlitt government of India and Nehru University, was a distinguished scholar of international repute. He was a member of the Japan academy and was decorated with the highest Japanese awards such as the Medal of culture and the first order of the sacred treasure. Conferred further honorary degrees of Vidyavacaspati by the president of the republic of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan the honorary doctorate by the university of delhi.
".....students of Indian thought should be grateful for this book it will take its place in the libraries of all those who research Advaita & scholars of Gaudapada & Bhartrhari in particular should certainly consult it."
-------------Philosophy East & West
Vol. 55, No. 3, July 2005